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Early seed sowing

I have recently sown some cucumber and gherkin seeds in seed compost in modules on a heated tray in my house.

Within days they were up and I have removed them from the heat. They are indoors near the window and I turn them several times a day to keep the shoots upright.

I believe that you supposed to wait until some true leaves appear before potting on. My concern is that the seedlings are now 3-4" long and in danger of becoming too leggy.


Advice please


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,896

    Do you have a frost-free greenhouse?  I'd put them in there - they need better light and cooler temperatures than they seem to be getting in your home.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286

    Start off some more. Two weeks later in sowing can make a huge difference between too leggy and just right. Light levels are already much better than they were just a few weeks ago here, so a new batch will do better.

    I throw my leggy seedlings in salads, some very unusual tastes can be discovered. Not sure about gherkin seedlings, but cucumber seedlings I know are edible in moderation. Too many can induce vomiting though.image

  • gatehillgatehill Posts: 38

    Thanks, everybody. One can always rely on speedy suggestions!

    I do have an unheated greenhouse so will put them out there. I have enough seeds for further sowing in April.

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